California AG Becerra petitions court to order Facebook to comply with state’s investigative subpoenas


In July, Facebook agreed to pay $5 billion in penalty to settle a lawsuit against it by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The social network giant allegedly mishandled users’ data and violated the Commission’s 2012 settlement order.

In a statement, AG Becerra said, “The responses we have received to date are patently inadequate. Our work must move forward. We are left with little choice but to seek a court order compelling Facebook to faithfully comply with our duly authorized subpoenas.”

Facebook is currently facing multiple investigations into its business practices particularly its handling of users’ data. Federal and state regulators are also examining whether it violated antitrust laws.

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A group of 47 attorneys general led by New York AG Letitia James is conducting an inquiry into possible anticompetitive practices of the social network giant.